The second document Neighbourhood Co-operation Priorities for Kazakhstan for the period of 2019-2023 was developed in close co-operation with the Kazakh national authorities. It was adopted by the Committee of Ministers at its 1343rd meeting on 4 April 2019, initially until the end of 2022. The document was extended until the end of 2023 at the Committee of Ministers' 1437th meeting on 15 June 2022.
Contrary to the previous Neighbourhood Co-operation Priorities document, which was limited to criminal justice, this document introduces new areas of co-operation to address the national priorities, in particular fight against economic crime, promoting a common legal space and human rights standards, and assistance in the electoral field.
In order to implement the objectives set, Kazakhstan participates in two European Union/Council of Europe regional initiatives for Central Asia, namely Central Asia Rule of Law Programme and the programme “Support to reforms of electoral legislation and practice and regional Human Rights instruments and mechanisms in countries of Latin America, Central Asia and Mongolia”.
Through the implementation of the aforementioned programme and co-operation activities, the Council of Europe contributed to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), notably SDG 4 (target 7), SDG 5 and SDG 16 (targets 3 and a).
More information: Overview of the Council of Europe Contribution to the UN 2030 Agenda.